is a political form of government in which governing power is derived from the people, either by direct referendum (direct democracy) or by means of elected representatives of the people (representative democracy
). The term comes from the Greek: δημοκρατία – (dēmokratía
) "rule of the people", which was coined from δῆμος (dêmos) "people" and κράτος (Kratos) "power", in the middle of the 5th-4th century BC to denote the political systems then existing in some Greek city-states, notably Athens following an uprising in 508 BC.
[The Union] is based on the principles of democracy and the rule of law.
It places the individual at the heart of its activities
Preamble of the Charter of Fundamental rights
The economic crisis in Europe has rapidly become a sovereign debt crisis due to the failure to coordinate a coherent political response at European level. The austerity mantra that has been imposed on the European people has led to a further fragmentation of the European space, with citizens of “core” and “peripheral” countries having increasingly divergent abilities to influence European decision-making through traditional mechanisms of national representative democracy. The institutions charged with ensuring the common goods of European citizens (the European Commission and Parliament) are undermined by the strongest countries in the European Council or by the European Central Bank. The approval of the Fiscal Pact, following the European Semester, the Sixpack and the Euro Plus Pact, is the latest European agreement focusing exclusively on the imposition of fiscal discipline which limits the power of citizens and parliaments (including the European Parliament) to decide over key economic and political choices, further decreasing democratic decision-making. Europe cannot raise itself out of the crisis unless reforms are made to put citizens at the centre of the EU politics. Institutional reforms are needed to strengthen the role of elected supranational institutions, to give more forms of direct citizen democracy, to make the institutions accountable to their citizens, as in every democracy.
The Citizens Manifesto: our demands for Europe
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Is integration like pizza or mezze?
The issues of integration & citizenship have for too long only focused on political citizenship. It's time they were put into practice in the workplace!
From parenthackers to post hackers
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Democracy is a verb not a noun
Rather than deciding to devolve everything down to communities without any support or not listening to local citizens on how they want public services to be run, why not bring ...
Europe beyond Europe: three days of ideas, ...
On the 24th and 25th of May 2013, the city of Venice was the venue of the transnational forum "Europe beyond Europe "
Transeuropa Festival: live Europe!
ARTICLE by MAXENCE SALENDRE First published on LE JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL, OCTOBRE 4th 2013 From October 4 to October 27, European Alternatives organises the Transeuropa Festival, ...
European Alternatives at the first Falun Democracy ...
European Alternatives has been invited to participate in the Democracy Week 2013 to be held in Falun between September 25 and 29 as part of the European Union’s Year of Citizens ...
CHANGEMAKERS CAUGHT ON FILM
If you want to see what a European Alternatives activity looks like, check out this video from @hubwestminster made by @wefreethebox with many other creative sessions too!